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Homemade Disneyland Dole Whip

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The weather is starting to heat up in Los Angeles so myself and Kevin took a day off and headed to Disneyland. YES, we are those grown ups who don’t have children and have season passes to Disneyland.

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I have a hit list of Disney’s favorite treats: turkey legs, Mickey Mouse ice cream bar and caramel corn. This trip I tried Dole Whip for the first time. Little did I know this is one of  Disneyland’s most popular park treats. Dole Whip is a frozen whipped pineapple (similar to soft serve) that is perfect when it is 90F out and you have been queuing up most of the day.

Pineapple Dole Whip is not only a delicious Summer treat, it requires just 2 ingredients, it’s dairy free and suitable for vegans. It is extremely fast to make, and you don’t need to wait for it to freeze, you can enjoy it straight away. So now you don’t have to trek to Disneyland to enjoy your favorite frozen treat. Just whip up some of your own! And make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get more exclusive content and the latest Bold Baking news! So let’s get started.


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4.6 from 27 reviews
Homemade Disneyland Dole Whip
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Serves: 4
  • 4 cups (16oz/450g ) small chunks frozen Pineapple
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) of low fat coconut milk (or milk of choice, almond, regular)
  • *weight notes at the bottom of recipe
  1. Place the coconut milk and frozen chunks of pineapple into a food processor or high powered blender. (the pineapple has to be frozen)
  2. Turn on food processor and blend until the consistency becomes creamy.
  3. You will have to stop several times and scoop down the pineapple.
  4. Keep blending until all of the pineapple chunks are gone and the mix is smooth.
  5. Enjoy immediately as it is ‘soft serve’ and should be eaten straight away.
  6. If you want to freeze a little you can, just know it does freeze solid once frozen and is no longer soft.
Normally 16oz = 2 cups, not 4. However the weight of pineapple is very different to what we normally weigh in a cup like flour so both measurements are right. The pineapple is chunky and big and doesn't fill a cup the same way flour would.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 serving Calories: 161


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  1. MarDi on January 1, 2018 at 6:00 am

    I am currently making this. While I normally prefer coconut milk (because of the taste not because it is dairy free) we are out of it so I am using regular milk. I am also going to add a bit of coconut juice (bai antioidant cocofusion in the flavor of maui coconut rasberry) to add some of the same flavour


    • Gemma Stafford on January 2, 2018 at 5:24 am

      Hi there,
      Well, this is indeed an experiment! Let us know how it worked for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. s1hz3 on September 7, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Hey! Just came here from your recent Disneyland video. I was wondering if i can use canned pineapple for this recipe?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Hi there,
      NO! canned pineapple does not have sufficient flavor, and can also be a bit water logged, it is not good in this recipe, sorry,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Melissa on August 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Finally made this today. It wasn’t pineapple enough. I think next time I’ll do pineapple juice instead of milk. Normally dole whips are non dairy anyway.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 24, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Hi Melissa,
      Yes, and if you do it will be more sorbet!
      The recipe calls for coconut milk, not dairy milk, unless you choose to use this. If you use a juice it will need to be churned as it will freeze like ice. but do try it and let us know,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Trina on August 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Is there a way to strain out the fibers first? I’m having a hard time eating them.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 17, 2017 at 1:57 am

      Hi Trina,
      This is the function of the food processor, to break down the fibers. Other than that I do not think they can be strained out, but I do know what you mean!
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Di Franks on July 26, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Recipe looks fantastic and oh so simple. Not made it yet, but I know it is vegan but is it also like Disney dole whip in that it is lactose, gluten, cholesterol free? Thank you 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on July 26, 2017 at 4:20 am

      That is right Di, it is a goodie!
      I do hope you make this. it is best made with fresh frozen pineapple, canned simply does not have the flavor,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Malia_r21 on July 19, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Your videos are great today i am making the pineapple Dole whip

  7. John on July 16, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Just tried this tonight, with frozen store bought pineapple, but the flavour felt a bit flat. A pinch of salt and sugar helped, but I think I’ll have to get a fresh pineapple for a better overall flavour. Either that or I used too much coconut milk. ( My amount of ingredients was slightly more than the original recipe)

    • Gemma Stafford on July 17, 2017 at 12:05 am

      Hi John,
      It should have worked well with the frozen pineapple! Some pineapple is less flavorful than others of course. I does sound like you managed to improve it. A little lemon juice will also spike the flavor for you nest time,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Ashleigh on June 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Hello Gemma, I am hoping to make a flavored strawberry kiwi version. I was curious your thoughts on going about this? Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      great idea, just replace the pineapple with your favorite frozen fruit and it will work great! 🙂

  9. Bonnie on June 9, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Can I use canned Pineapple?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 10, 2017 at 4:07 am

      Hi Bonnie,
      I think not. The flavor will not be strong enough really! you caould add a little lime or lemon zest to boost the flavor, or perhaps passion fruit!
      wish you well if you try this, do let us know,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. MB2aT on May 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    can you do multiple types of fruit?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 3, 2017 at 12:51 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, but a fleshy fruit is best. Very juicy fruits will freeze like ice. Mango would be good, and papaya with a little lime zest would be nice too, experiment!
      Gemma 🙂

      • Lusy on November 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        It would be awesome if you could show as at a video the mango version! 💘💝😘

        • Gemma Stafford on November 14, 2017 at 5:10 am

          Hi there,
          Yes, I must get that on my list, thank you,
          Gemma 😉

  11. Rachel on April 11, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Hi Gemma!
    this looks amazing! What kind of coconut milk would i use? Canned or fresh???

    • Gemma Stafford on April 12, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Hi Rachel,
      If you buy canned coconut milk, organic is best, you will find that the coconut cream will separate from the water in the can when it is chilled. This is less likely to happen unless you can use fresh coconut to make the milk. Shake the cans in the store, you can usually tell if the cream has set up, you will not heat the milk sloshing!
      Gemma 🙂

      • Donna on July 19, 2017 at 7:46 am

        For the recipe do you use canned coconut milk or refrigerated? I could not tell which works better from your previous response. And if you use the canned do you mix the separated milk/cream together or just use part of it.

        • Gemma Stafford on July 20, 2017 at 3:08 am

          hi Donna,
          good question!
          In order to get the cream, you need to get the milk to separate into water and cream. If you turn the can upside down in the fridge, when you open it right side up, the water can be poured off (use it in smoothies, or just drink it). What remains is the cream. I get cans of coconut milk here, organic when possible. Do not buy homogenized coconut milk, it will not separate. i hope this is a little clearer,
          Gemma 🙂

  12. Hadiza French on March 18, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Oh wow! I watched how to make this dole whip on the Snapchat channel. So I decided to check the net for other suggestions, and I fell on your blog. I really love it and am definitely subscribing to the newsletter. ???

    • Gemma Stafford on March 19, 2017 at 5:22 am

      Hi there,
      Welcome to the Bold Baking community, we are happy to have you with us. stay tuned for lots more to come,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. shalma on February 16, 2017 at 4:04 am

    can any other fruits be used

    • Gemma Stafford on February 16, 2017 at 8:11 am

      hi there,
      yes, why not, but you must freeze them first, this is important. Fleshy fruits work best. you can experiment a little with this!
      Gemma 🙂

  14. shalma on February 15, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Hi! Just a small doubt. Can orange be used in the place of pine apple?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 17, 2017 at 8:12 am

      NO! Shalma the water content of the orange is too high for this recipe. Use Mango, or another fleshy fruit if you wish, and freeze it first,
      Gemma 🙂

  15. Vivi S. on January 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Hi,Gemma I was wondering it will not be the same if you freeze it right?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 30, 2017 at 2:01 am

      This recipe is designed to be fast frozen, which usually means on contact with dry ice. dry ice is not available too widely, and needs to be carefully handled too. This recipe is not for everyone!
      Gemma 🙂

  16. Lizzy on January 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I LOVE DOLE WHIP!!! We can’t go to Disneyland without getting some. Since we don’t live in California it’s not often that we get it. We have been searching, and can’t wait to try this! We just have one question…. Is the flavor tangy or sweet? We want it so be perfect!!

    • Gemma Stafford on January 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Lizzy,
      This depends on the pineapple, it should be a fresh, ripe, but not over-ripe fruit, that is what gives it the flavor,
      Gemma 🙂

  17. Crazy Cupcaker on December 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    If I used mango instead of pineapple, would it still taste good with coconut milk???

    • Gemma Stafford on December 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Hi there,
      Yes it would be a great marriage, all of the exotic fruits go so well with coconut,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. lpeters82 on September 2, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I’ve tried several versions of DIY Dole Whip. Perhaps I’m misremembering the real thing, but my DIY attempts always seem to be too fibrous. Has anyone ever attempted to run it through a strainer then refreeze? Also for those looking for an adult version, they do serve them with a shot of rum in Animal Kingdom. Other ingredients I’ve tried to add to recreate the recipe have included: lime juice, sugar, and salt. I’m on version 3.0 and I still haven’t found the perfect recipe to follow.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 3, 2016 at 12:59 am

      You will get the fiber, but if you sieve it it will become icy! now i like the idea of the adult one, for an occasional treat of course 🙂

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